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75: The 5 Most Useless Diagnoses [Dumb Things Therapists Say Series] therapists Jun 18, 2024


The world of therapy is changing, and it's time to challenge the status quo. And I’m here to share why some of the most common diagnoses in the DSM, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, body dysmorphia, and PTSD, are not only limiting but can actually cause harm to both clients and...

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74: EMDR for the New Year [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr emdr goals why emdr works Dec 12, 2023

 

The new year is often a time for goal-setting and resolution-making, but so many people struggle with following through over the next 12 months. That’s not true for those who are using EMDR in their treatment. Why? Because the foundation of EMDR is about desensitizing disturbance of...

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73: EMDR for Grief [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr why emdr works Dec 05, 2023

 

When there’s a loss like the death of a loved one, there’s a cultural acknowledgement of that loss that gives us the time and space to grieve and to heal. But we experience grief in so many other situations, outside of death.

Grief is something that helps us to process changes...

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72: EMDR for Anger [Why EMDR Works Series] why emdr works Nov 27, 2023

 

We all know someone who has anger “problems,” but I believe that there’s a different conversation we need to have about anger. Anger is a feeling, not a problem, and it’s not bad unless expressed in a way that’s disproportionate to what’s...

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71: EMDR for Disordered Eating [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr trauma therapy Nov 21, 2023

 

We all have a relationship with something that’s helping us to feel a certain way, full and in control, empowered and attached. But we’ve been given so many different curricula around what we’re supposed to look and feel like, we’re using behaviors like food...

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70: EMDR for Addiction [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr Nov 13, 2023


When someone seeks treatment for addiction, the truth is that we’re not actually treating the addiction; we’re treating the brain’s associations with the behavior that feels addictive. We’re delinking the positive feelings someone has with things like alcohol, compulsive...

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69: EMDR for Winter Holidays [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr Nov 05, 2023

 

The holiday season can be incredibly stressful and triggering for many reasons, from trying to defy our natural inclination to hibernate in the winter, to how our brains link to challenging events from all the holidays that came before.

But you don’t have to dread the holidays or...

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68: EMDR for Depression [Why EMDR Works Series] Oct 31, 2023

 

The true definition (and outcomes) of depression goes far beyond what we typically think of: someone pulling away from loved ones, extreme sadness, maybe even feeling suicidal.

But the truth is that depression is often a symptom of trauma, and can manifest in individuals in so many...

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67: EMDR for Anxiety [Why EMDR Works Series] Oct 23, 2023

 

Thanks to Gabor Maté, we know that trauma isn’t just something that happens; it’s something that happens inside of you. So when something happens to us (or doesn’t happen, like in an omission of care) and we feel anxiety, that anxiety is a result of trauma.

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66: Why EMDR Works for Parents [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr family therapy Oct 20, 2023

 

Parenting is a challenge for everyone, no matter what someone’s Instagram feed claims. And if we’re looking outside the “traditional” definition of trauma, every parent has experienced trauma at some point.

So many parents want to raise their children in a...

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65: EMDR as Standard Practice [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr Oct 09, 2023

 

EMDR works. It’s well-known that it works for those who want to heal trauma, but you don’t have to be a trauma survivor to benefit from EMDR. In fact, I believe that it works for nearly every human on the planet.

This week, I’m starting a new series that I think will...

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64: Identifying Red & Green Flag Therapists [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] consultation trauma therapy Sep 25, 2023

 

Have you struggled with finding the right therapy for your needs? Maybe you’ve had a few appointments with several different therapists but never found someone you felt was on the same page as you for your treatment.

The client-therapist relationship is so important and it’s...

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